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fact, i'm very different from the media imagery. >> another telling sign of his sudden surge, he plans to open up his first campaign office in iowa next week and he has an infusion of campaign cash to work with after raising nearly $3 million in just the last month. jim acosta, cnn, iowa. >> you know it's an interesting campaign season when newt gingrich is a outsider in washington. >> and of course, the front of the pack, too. >> it's been impressive what he's done. hello, it's all yours. want to get you up to speed for this wednesday, november 16th. mike mcqueary is speaking out and fighting back. the penn state assistant coach cited in the grand jury report for witnessing coach sandusky s sodom i
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sodomizing a boy in the showers, but not going to police. in an e-mail, he writes he did have discussions with police and the official at the university in charge of police. he spoke briefly with cbs news. >> do you have any idea when you think you might be ready to talk? >> this process has to play out. i just don't have anything else to say. that's all. >> okay. one last thing. describe your emotions right now. >> all over the place. just kind of shaken. >> crazy? >> crazy. >> you said what, like a -- >> next hour, i'm going to talk to the reporter from the morning call about that e-mail. penn state is not required to let reporters see e-mails, incident reports or other documents related to the scandal. that is because the pennsylvania legislature exempted the university and other schools from the state's open records law in 2008. the university's president said that penn state needed it to stay competitive. so, how do you occupy wall street if you can't camp out? well, that is question new york protesters are struggling with
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at police raided zuccotti park yesterday. more than 100 people were arr t arrested. the sight got a thorough power washing, but now, they are back and are angry. a new york judge is backing up mayor bloomberg who says the demonstrators are free to stay on their ground, they just can't set up their tents. and secret service agents making a disturbing discovery. a bullet fired at the white house. agents say the round was stopped by special bulletproof glass. they're now investigating whether the bullet founds and others found on the grounds, are connected to shots fired nearby. that happened on last friday. secret service says there's no specific concern for president obama's safety. the u.s. is now beefing up its military presence in the pacific region. during his visit to australia today, president obama announced expanded cooperation now between u.s. troops and australian
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military. concern over china's rising influence in the region, seen as a major reason for the troop expansi expansion. the number of u.s. troops will start around 250 and increase over the next several years. >> our u.s. marines will begin rotating through for joint training and exercises. our air force will rotate additional aircraft through more airfields in northern australia. and these rotations, which are going to be taking place on australian bases, will bring our militaries even closer and make them more effective. >> the drawdown of u.s. troops from afghanistan is now entering a new phase. nato is now preparing a transfer, two of the most volatile places in the country, over to afghan security forces. nick walsh is explaining why this is a big risk. >> in helmand, there's a district where many british troops have died over the years, but also in kandahar, the
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valley. recently, a hot bed of insurgent violence where many americans have also died. now in an afghan official tells us security a is a lot better because the americans are there to enin force. if they leave, he tells us things may xwet worse and fast. >> final decision about which regions will be handed over to afghan forces rests with afghanistan's president. if you got a good head on your shoulders, love to travel, we've got a job for you. nasa is recruiting the next astronaut class. competition is tough. you're going to need degrees in math, science and engineering. also going to have to learn russian for trips to the international space station. pilots who can fly high performance aircraft are also preferred. duke's coach has the most wins in men's college basketball. he is known as coach k and his team knocked off michigan state last night, handing him his
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903rd win. he was named best coach in 2001. >> this has become bigger with time on our hands, you know. and i just, to me, it's more relief to get on now to the next thing. >> here's a rundown some of the stories we are covering. first, occupy wall street. they have to leave the camping gear at home now and deadline time. can the super committee find $1.2 trillion in spending cuts by next week? then i'm going to ask sports writer if he now regrets once saying that jerry sandusky should be saint sandusky. also, a mayor throws down a challenge to employers. hire just one new employee. and later, was this guy, was he
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[ woman ] wow. that's amazing. here's your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. everyone is talking about gabrielle giffords incredible recovery. some are saying that is not enough. carol costello is joining us from new york with today's talk back question. we've seen amazing pictures, seen her speak lately with her husband. what is this about? >> this is such a tough one, but an issue that's been hanging in the air for months.
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is giffords effectively serving her constituents? questions like that have popped up again because of her appearance on 20/20. >> she wants to get better. >> better. >> you want to get better. >> better. >> and so, you think to yourself, i'll go back to congress if i get better. >> yes, yes, yes. yes. >> and that's where you are right now. >> yes, yes, yes. >> earl deburge of the behaval research center says in the "christian science monitor," while voters are rooting for giffords, r i think people have an interest in this competitive and hostile congress that they have representation they can depend on. after the interview aired, she seemed to want to reassure voters by facebook. >> i want to get back to work representing arizona is my
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honor. my staff is there to help you. they keep me informed. on your behalf, i miss you. i miss home. >> perhaps, the real problem lies in the constitution. there simply is no provision that allows lawmakers to step aside and recover. it's either recover while on the job or resign. in may, she must declare whether she will run for another term. should congresswoman giffords run again in 2012? i'll read your comments later this hour. >> just curious. these calls about whether or not she can serve her constituents, are they coming from people considered partisan or people who support her? >> this man i quoted, he's from a nonpartisan group. it's a valid question. can she serve her constituents
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effectively. i just talked to her press person and he said they check in with gabrielle giffords all the time. every day. she's still the boss. she's just not well enough to physically go into congress and cast a vote. she cast that one vote back on august 1st, remember that famous picture? but hasn't cast any since then and she's not likely to unless the issue is so important that she feels she must. >> okay. thank you. more developments for audiotape wall street. around the world today, so in texas, it's another blow to the movement. a federal judge in dallas is denying the group's request for a temporary restraining order that would allow demonstrators to stay camped out in city hall property. officials are meeting today to discuss what's going to happen next and california. 60s all over again. thousands of students took part in a day long protest. at uc berkeley. that happened yesterday and it
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could be the last call r for occupiers in london. that is right. officials plan to serve notice to protesters there today asking them clear out of the city's financial district. in new york, where the occupy movement started two months ago, protesters are now back at zuccotti park. they can't stay in their tents. they are police in riot gear. they cleared the park yesterday after a judge's order. deborah fayerick is there for us. tell us, give us a sense of what the mood is like today. what kind of equipment do these folks have? how many people are there? >> they don't have a lot of equipment. as a matter of fact, they're not allowed to bring in tents, generators. they were not allowed to set up any sort of a food stand which they had before. there was a tent city behind me. now, you're seeing private security guards dressed in yellow. they are interacting with the demonstrators and protesters much more than they were in the past because they weren't here.
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you don't have the numbers of protesters that characterized this protest over the last two months. it is a very, very different feeling. we were just told a few minutes ago that now somebody was barred from bringing in a sign, another person banned from bringing in a guitar. there seems to be a crackdown. the leaders or the organizers of this, they're trying to re-group. they're trying to capture the momentum that they had even just 24 hours ago. that momentum really destroyed when police gave them 30 minneapolminutes to gather up their things and get out. looki looking around, you can tell who is in control of this park. it is not occupy wall street anymore. although they are determined, right now, very much it's the dynamic is r very, very different. >> where do they go? do you have any idea?
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are they re-grouping somewhere else? how are they getting their message out? how are they moving forward? >> we've been trying to find that out. they are in touch with people through their website. also, we're told a number of them went home to sleep. they were up the vast majority of yesterday. there were a number of people yesterday. so that has sort of chipped away at the numbers. but whether there's another place they're meeting at, not really. like i said, there are about 100 people here. those are the people we're seeing and really a mix of people, but some who say they will stay the course, that they're going to make sure this movement continues and that it has the energy to make change really come election. >> okay. thank you. now on to some of the stories our affiliates are covering. a teenager in norcross, georgia got stuck in the chimney before the fire department rescued him. police say he was trying to break in.
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some happenry reunions in norfolk, virginia. that is the the u.s.s. carr returning after five months at sea. crew went on a mission to intercept drug deals overseas. able to take down a $22 million cocaine deal. and in alexandria, minnesota, this young girl, lucky to be alive. after having a seizure while driving. she lost control of the car, plunged into a freezing lake while a police sergeant in the right place, right time, dove into the water. another trooper broke the window, pulled her out just seconds before the car sank to the bottom. >> best way to describe is like something on dukes of hazard. it's got a severe drop. a good 50 feet down into the water. >> how lucky for me, i can't even imagine. i wouldn't be here today if he wasn't there. >> amazing story. deadline for the super
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want to bring you some news we're getting out of greenville, north carolina. east carolina university, which is now on lock down. that is because a report came into the police department, a call about 10:15 or so, somebody witnessing a man on the campus with what appeared to be an assault rifle. there were some cameras in the area able to pull up some images of this man. he had a backpack and what looked to be an assault rifle in
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his right hand. the campus is on lock down as the police try to search for this armed man. now, so far, police say there are no reports of any shots fired. but right now, that campus, east carolina university, r on lock down as they search for a man who they believe is carrying what could be an assault rifle. it's a monumental job, right? reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion to avoid automatic spend iing cuts. a super committee of six republicans, six democrats was chosen to take on that task. some of those members are meeting now, but time is running out. the deadline for them to come wup this plan, just one week from today. so, what's at stake? what are the possible outcomes? i want to bring in alison kosik. she's at the new york stock exchange. there are a number of things that could happen. it could go badly. perhaps not. there are some options, bawl eyes are on these 12.
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what does this mean for us? >> exactly. you talk about those options. the best way to tell you about them is to kind of play deal or no deal. let's say if there's a deal. the plan would then go to congress. then go to the president for his signature. now, if there's no deal, automatic spending cuts you mentioned would kick in in 2013. they could also come up with a partial deal, say they agree to $600 billion in cuts. that would go to congress for approval, then the remaining 600 billion would be made up by those automatic spending cuts. >> so, if no deal, if hey don't have a deal here, what are these cuts that are going to kick? >> details of what would be cut and by how much, that's left up to the appropriations committee in the house and senate. but here's what would happen. defense spending would essentially be cut by 16%. that's talking about the military. and then there's the non defense spending that would be slashed by 15% and that is really this
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kind of big kitchen sink because non defense can mean anything from education to infrastructure like highways, national parks, federal courts. even the smithsonian. medicare cuts would be capped at 2%. >> and overall, do we have any sense of how this could affect the economy? >> it would have a big effect. you think about the u.s. credit rating. it could be hit with another downgrade and if that happens, you can see consumer confidence take a big hit. who can forget standard & poor's. it did the first u.s. downgrade in august. we watched the markets tumble. the dow tumbled 600 points in one day and s&p warned woor putting you on probation. could downgrade the u.s. create rating again if the supercommittee doesn't reach a deal and we're hearing similar thoughts from moody's and fitch. so yeah, that dysfunctional tone coming over these discussions, definitely hitting a little
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harder now that we're a week away. >> with all the deals that we have, there are always loopholes involved. are there ways they can get around making a decision? >> you're talking about congress, so of course. of course there are big loopholes and there is one big one to tell you about. it's congress who came up with these rules in the first place, so guess what? they can change those, too. these cuts would not kick in until 2013, so that essentially leaves one year for congress to repeal them or dial them back. >> thank you. we'll be watching to see what they do in the next seven days. if the members are counting on public confidence to get the job done, they're in trouble. a new poll shows that only 21% of americans think that it is likely that this committee is going to agree on a deficit plan. a whopping 78% say it is unlikely that they're going to reach a deal. but one member of the panel tells erin burnett he sees this
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as an opportunity. he thinks the community should go big. >> you have to come out with a balanced approach. it makes no sense for example to tell seniors their social security benefits are going to be cut to pay for deficits when social security didn't commit. if you're going to come out with the future, surely you can ask everyone to participate. it's simply a matter of making decisions about your priorities and in this case, if you want to really get the country back on track, you want to go big. be bold, but tell the american people it will be fair, balanced. >> he says this could be a magical week if the committee gets this done. a sports illustrated writer says he got boot. he's going to talk about his article with jerry san ddusky a
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some of the stories we are working on, next going to speak live with former sports illustrated writer who said he got duped by jerry sandusky now accused of sexual child abuse. then teenage singing star, miley cyrus, gets fed up the comments about her weight, so she is striking back now on twitter. and atlanta's mare is out with a man that could put thousands back to work. mike mcqueary says he did go to the police to report former assistant coach jerry sandusky. he was a grad assistant at the time, hold the grand jury he walked in on sandusky raping a boy in the showers in 200 2. in an e-mail, he writes he did have discussions with police and that the official at the university in charge of police.
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that contradicts the grand jury report. referring to the alleged assault, he continues, i did stop it. not physically, but made sure it was stopped when i left that lo locker room. mcqueary spoke to c brk s news. >> you have any idea when you think you might be ready to talk? >> this process has to play out. i just don't in anything else to say. >> just one last thing. describe your emotions right now. >> all over the place. just kind of shaken. >> crazy? >> crazy. >> you said what? like a -- >> like a snow globe. jerry sandusky is charged with 40 counts relating to the sexual abuse of children. he denies any of the allegations made by the eight boys. he says they are not true. here's what he told bob costas on monday night. >> i have horsed around with kids. i have showered after workouts.
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i have hugged them and i have touched their leg. without intent of sexual contact, but so if you look at it that way, there are things that would be accurate. >> are you denying that you had any inappropriate sexual contact with any of these underage boys? >> yes, i am. >> so, jerry sandusky retired from penn state in 1999. in this video was shot during his last game at beaver stadium and fans, they gave sandusky a standing ovation. jack wrote a glowing article for sports illustrated that day and is joining us from pennsylvania and jack, you wrote back then there was almost this sense that sandusky should be cannonized saint sandusky, leader of
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linebackers, learners of men. thoed words you wrote, it's got to hurt. do you wish you dug a little deeper? >> sure. i've been on this kind of tour, you know, since realizing that i wrote this thing. obviously, i did not think he should be cannonized. you do these quick things in journ journalism. however, there's no doubt that i fell for the big parameters of this story. the big hearted linebacker coach who helps kids. this happy valley atmosphere in happy valley that sort of takes care of its own the big dimensions of the story, not only myself, but thousands of other people who gave money, who believed in sandusky, all fell for this outward look at what
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this organization was without knowing what was going on outside. >> why do you suppose he was able to do that and do it so well? even hide this other alleged side? >> well, number one, i'm not an expert in analyzing ped feel area, but obviously, one of those things these guys become experts in is sec resy. number two, one of the things i wrote later in this column, i wrote last week for si.com, kind of fessing up to my role in this, was that how this atmosphere here at penn state, this kind of football complex that's off on its own secret world, it's not monitored. it's very easy for a you know, a predator to get away and that was apparently jerry sandusky's kind of ground where he took these a lot of kids. the third reason would be that how we believe in this kind of
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stereo typical qualities of the big coach with the big heart. >> after the scandal broke, you wrote this. you say that i didn't remember i particularly liked the man. he seemed a little strange and detached. not at all joyful about what he was doing, but none of that tipped by cynical to believe the worst about someone towarding high alert. hindsight is everything. what do you think would have alerted you that there was something wrong about him? >> you know, i've been beating myself up about that. if i would have seen him in contact. as i recall the story, and it was 12 years ago. and obviously, i don't -- i wish i had r sharper memories of it, had i seen this horsing around type of behavior around young kids, as a father myself, obviously, something would have alerted me, but it didn't. what haunts me is the timing of this thing because i wrote it
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around the timeline these things were starting to happen. the first incident was probably 1998. i wrote this in '99. the incident of which mike mcqueary saw was 2002. this seemed to be around the time this was breaking. >> we appreciate your time and you don't have to continue to beat yourself up over this. if these allegations prove true after all, thank you so much for spending the time and giving us a larger picture of who this man was and who you believed he was at the time. reporters are trying to get their hands now on e-mails, other documents that are related to this penn state scandal. well, it turns out though that the university, they don't have to turn over these documents. here's why. >> it's the type of information we would normally get in the united states from any public institution, especially a police department. the records, the incident
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reports. all the information you rely on to get the facts to know who, when, where. but penn state, you will not find that because penn state got an exepgs from the act when the legislature was discussing this new law, penn state president personally went to the legislature and asked to be exempt. >> what that means in essence is that while every other agency governor's office, townships, school districts are subject to this law and will be required to provide public record, penn state is exempt. that came as a result of a series of lobbying efforts through the house of representatives that was taking a look at rewriting pennsylvania's right to no law, which was really among the worst in the nation and at that juneture, the president of penn
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state was one testifying on august 7th, 2007, seeking an exception for penn state. >> we did try to reach graham spanier, we did not get an answer, but we know what he told the legislature. he saids them to be exception because he wants to protect the come pettiveness of the university, that he was concerned about the cost of compliance. looking back on it now, it has a woel different look. >> the pennsylvania legislature exempts three other colleges and universities. miley cyrus is defending herself against critics and fans who say she is getting fat. we're going to show you the tweets she's been sending out. [ male announcer ] sitting on santa's lap when you're 38 years old?
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teen star miley cyrus is lashing back at her critics who say she has put on a little weight lately and it's shining a spotlight on a serious problem, maybe an obsession in our culture, focusing on young girl's weight and their body image. the 18-year-old starting tweeting about it after people starting making fun of her weight gain on youtube. the sun's headline reads -- her face appears rounder and that she was wearing a large shawl to hide her curves. she tweeted this picture of marilyn monroe. beneath it says proof you can be adored by thousands of men even when your thighs touch, then tweeted out this disturbing picture of an emaciated girl and wrote this. by calling girls like me fat this is what you're doing to other people. i love myself. and if you could say the same,
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you wouldn't be sitting on your computer trying to hurt others. i don't want to be shaped like a boy. i love being shaped like a woman and trust me, ladies, your man won't mind either. so miley cyrus handling this very well, but she's very confident, right, and you're a mother of four young girls. how do you think she handled this? >> i would like to give her a round of applause. >> and a sense of humor, too. >> and just talking back to these people. she is not fat. she looks terrific. she has a woman's body. not some emaciated girl's body and she's saying this is what i look like and it's terrific. so as the mother of four girls, i would like to say, thank you, miley cyrus, i don't my girls to think they need to be skinny. >> so, if you are the mother of a girl and she's being teased or picked on in some way for her weight and she's not even overweight, and this isn't even
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a problem, what do you say to her? >> if your daughter is not taking teasing as well as miley cyrus is, and she can back, you need to sit down with your daughter. first of all, i would show her those tweets. it's a wonderful public health thing she has done. and say to her, look, when women go from being girls, you go through puberty, you become a woman, your figure's not goirng to be like this. it's not supposed to be like this. you are supposed to have curves. that's good. that's the way that it's supposed to be. you can talk about how perhaps too many of her friends have adopted this media image that we need to be sticks. you can explain to her that many of these photos have been photo shopped and spanksed to death. and explain to her that she looks normal, even if she didn't luke like the photos of certain celebrities. >> how do you know if your daughter is in trouble? if she is having a weight issue?
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if it's actually real? >> there's trouble meaning that someone is too heavy. in which case, you need to talk to them about exercise and eating right and go in that direction. then there's the trouble in the opposite direction, where a girl might be becoming too thin. where she's taking all this criticism and is perhaps developing an eating disorder. we've seen that with celebrities over and goover again. that photo is just heartbreaking. >> it is. there are a couple of things that will tell you that your daughter is heading towards an eating disorderer. the first one is signs of depression. just like you would like for depression in any other situation. also, if a girl is covering up her body. or if she's not caring about her looks at all. if she's isolating herself. avoiding other girls. if she doesn't want to be seen in workout clothes, that can be another sign. >> right. okay. thank you so much and you know, it just got all of us talking this morning to see this. what miley was able to do and
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bring the discussion to another level. >> other celebrities -- >> such, such problems with this. >> because other celebrities when they get teased for being fat, they lose weight. and i think it's great that she said, no, i'm fine the way i am. >> good for her. thanks. mitt romney riding high in new hampshire. a new poll numbers from the crucial primary state giving him something to smile about. details in our political update. its multi-action formula works to restore enamel, help prevent cavities, and kill bad breath germs for a whole mouth clean. whooo... [ male announcer ] listerine® total care. the most complete mouthwash. our machines help identify early stages of cancer, and it's something that we're extremely proud of.
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herman cain, looking at live pictures out of miami, florida. the campaign trail. this is an event going on right now. it's about to get underway. cain is trying to get his campaign back on solid ground after his recent foreign policy stumble, as well as is sexual harassment allegations. he stopped in pearl strings and west palm beach. mitt romney is riding high in new hampshire. state's holding its first nation primary. that is happening january 10th. paul steinhauser is at the political desk in washington. so, paul, tell us a little bit about the latest poll in your opinions about new hampshire and where does that leave romney? >> it's night and day between new hampshire and iowa. iowa goes first, on the 3rd, new hampshire a week later. these new numbers out of new hampshire. as you mentioned, the first in
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the nation primary state. look at romney. romney was the former governor of massachusetts. that borders with new hampshire. media market blankets most of southern new hampshire. 40% in this new poll. he was pretty much at the same place in our poll a few weeks ago. he's been up there for a year now. ron paul at 17%. newt gingrich's numbers are rising. herman cain dropping in new hampshire at 8%. >> that's a huge lead there, paul. presty significant. tell us about jon huntsman. understand he had to explain a comment that he made during a rally in new hampshire? >> yeah, fft in fact, he's at number five with 7%. he's basically putting all his money on new hampshire. last night r, he did his 100th even in new hampshire. take a listen to what he said. >> i don't care what the rest of the country thinks or feels. that's not important.
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i do care about new hampshire because this is important. >> well, that's what the former utah governor former u.s. ambassador to china said last night. soon after, he had to walk those backs, saying he was basically talking about my national poll numbers. quote, of course i care what people think in the rest of the country. jon huntsman placing all those chips in new hampshire. >> thank you, paul. appreciate it. understand that there is news about a possible tornado out of i believe it's montgomery, alabama. headed to montgomery, alabama. we've got breaking news here. i want to bring in chad myers to explain what we are seeing. chad. if you are ready for us, can you tell us what's going on? >> coming up selma highway, it's u.s. highway 80, that is the road right in to montgomery, alabama from the west. we do have significant potential for rotation. this is on the ground.
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the national weather service out of birmingham is saying do not go out and look at it. this is probably wrapped in rain. this is not a tornado that you can see. if you are in montgomery, alabama, head to the safest place in your home. there's selma highway. i have another picture to show you. how significant this is. when we look at different colors, green and red, right next to each other. that tells us the storm is spinning significantly and moving into downtown montgomery. people in alabama has been hard hit this year with tornados. no sense in taking any chances now. everybody to the middle of lowest level of the house away from windows. montgomery, alabama, tornado warning for you. >> thank you. her recovery has been nothing short of a miracle. but people are asking should congresswoman giffords run again in 2012? responses in today's talk back question. that's up next. ♪
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you've been sounding off on our talk back question. carol costello live with your responses. hi, carol. >> hi, suzanne. the talkback question today, should congresswoman giffords run again in 2012? >> this from rich, yes, she should. these recovering, she'll serve as well as before. give her a chance. what happened to humanity? when a leader is wounded, you do what's best for them medically. someone else must lead in her stead until and unless she can return again. this from heidi, yes, she should. i will definitely vote for her. we shouldn't discriminate against people with disabilities. she's come a long way in a short
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time and will improve more. i love her spirit and will push forward. her presence, though, limited shows a softer, civil side of government. let's not forget it was the gunman's goal to take her out, why should she bow out? keep going, gaby, love you. this from eric, no, she should not run again. i think her real success story should be to concentrate on her recovery and getting better rather than working to return to congress. there's no hurry. congress will still be there. facebook.com/carolcnn. i'll be back with you in about 20 minutes. >> thank you, carol. one city's mayor has started a first of its kind program to get more people back to work. one job at a time. but first, the holiday shopping season is closing in. but which cities do you think have the most shoppers year round? new york, los angeles, good guesses. they didn't even make the list. number five is dallas. residents spent an average of
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all right. before the break, we showed you three of the top five cities with the most shopaholics. the group bundle.com pulled in info from the census and credit card reports. did you guess the top two cities? arlington, virginia, where residents spent $254 a month on average on clothes. and yes, washington, d.c., number one. people live there average spending $253 a month on clothes. they're pretty sharp there in d.c. two senators from opposite sides of the aisle have come up with a new jobs bill. and the plan by senators marco rubio of florida and chris coons of florida, called the agree act. stands for american growth, recovery, empowerment, and entrepreneurship. it includes provisions for encouraging manufacturers to hire american workers and helping veterans create businesses. also on the jobs front, atlanta mayor kassim reid has
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created the hire one campaign. to encourage atlanta's 150,000 employers to each higher just one new employee. >> there are many different faces. people of all ages with resumes in hand looking for work. like whitney poole. >> i feel like it's harder for us who have just graduated from college. one, being the economy, two being, you know, we have to be taught everything that there is to know in the companies. >> reporter: there are also people with plenty of experience. making their best pitches. >> my name's kevin weekly, and i have a variety of experiences, and with those, i want to concentrate on human resources, payroll, and even customer service. >> reporter: weakly is hopeful this job fair will be a turning point for him as well as others. atlanta's mayor announced was the hire one campaign, a public/private initiative that
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reaches out to the city's 150,000 plus businesses with a simple suggestion. >> it is to encourage employers to make one full time hire. and so far 15,000 have been hired, 1,500 businesses. >> reporter: atlanta has a 10.3% unemployment rate and georgia's rate has been higher than the national average for 50 consecutive months. so the city is counting on local and national companies to help. like georgia pacific. >> here in the atlanta area, we have a little over 100 openings. collectively we have over 600 salaried professional type positions and hourly manufacturing positions, as well. well over 1,000 across the u.s. >> in an economy where layoffs have been the prevailing headlines, employers want people to know there are positions to be filled and encourage job seekers to stay optimistic and leverage all of their skills, including volunteer work. >> although i have an i.t.
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specific background and a degree in computer sciences, i've also been using my off time to do volunteer work throughout the community. >> reporter: he says it not only fills the gaps in his resume, but also shows employers his broad range of expertise, an edge he believes will help him get someone's attention to hopefully get a job. george howell, cnn, atlanta. top of the hour, i'm suzanne malveaux. i want to get you up to speed. mike mcqueary is speaking out and fighting back. he's the assistant coach cited in the grand jury report for witnessing sandusky sodomizing a boy in the shower in 2002 but not going to police. mcqueary in an e-mail obtained by the "morning call" newspaper writes he did have discussions with police and with the official at the university in charge of police. mcqueary spoke briefly to cbs news. >> do you have any idea when you
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might be ready to talk? >> the process has to play. i just don't have anything else to say. >> okay. >> and then just one last thing. just describe your emotions right now. >> all over the place, just kind of shaken. >> crazy? >> crazy. >> you said what like a? >> snow globe. >> in a moment, i'm going to talk with a reporter from the "morning call" about that e-mail. how did the occupy wall street folks do if they can't camp out. that is a question new york protesters are struggling with after police raided the park yesterday. there were more than 100 people arrested and the protest site got a thorough power washing, as well. now the protesters are back and angry. a new york judge is backing up mayor mike bloomberg who says the demonstrators are free to stand their ground, but can't set up tents. we're going to go live to the park for the latest. the u.s. is beefing up military presence in the pacific
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region. during his visit to australia today, president obama announced expanded cooperation between u.s. troops and the military. concern over china's rising influence in the region is seen as major reason for the troop expansion. president obama had this message for beijing. >> with their rise comes increased responsibilities. it's important for them to play by the rules of the road. >> the drawdown of u.s. troops from afghanistan is now entering a new phase. nato is now preparing to transfer two of the most volatile areas in the country over to afghan security forces. our nick peyton walsh is explaining why many consider to be a very big risk. >> first, in helmand, there's a district where many british troops have died over the years. but also, in kandahar, the valley, recently a hot bed of insurgent violence where many
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americans have also died. now, an afghan official tells us security is a lot better, but that's because the americans are there in force. if they leave, he tells us things may get worse and fast. >> the final decision about which regions will be handed over to afghan forces, that rests with afghanistan's president. the clock ticking now for the so-called super committee. this is a panel that six republicans, six democrats have one week to come up with $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction. so the public is pretty volatile. 78% of americans say it's unlikely that this committee is going to reach a deal. secret service agents are making a disturbing discovery. there was a bullet fired at the white house. agents say the round was stopped by special bullet proof glass, and they're investigating whether that bullet and others on the ground were connected to shots fired nearby last friday.
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the secret service says there's no specific concern for president obama's safety. duke coach has the most wins in men's college basketball. he's known as coach k. by fans and players. handing him his 903rd win. he'd been tied with bobby knight. coach k. named as america's best coach back in 2001. >> this has become bigger with time on our hands, you know. and i just -- to me it's more relief to get on now to the next thing. >> more now on our lead story. penn state assistant coach mike mcqueary says that a grand jury got it wrong. mike mcqueary writes in an e-mail that he did go to police after he saw jerry sandusky raping a child in the showers in 2002. and the "morning call" newspaper obtained that e-mail. andrew mcgill co-wrote today's
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story, joining us from skype. first of all, obviously, that's a good get on your part as a journalist. can you share with us how this e-mail was distributed? and can you verify it's legitimate? >> sure. we received that e-mail from a friend of mike mcqueary's. we have subsequently reached out to mr. mcqueary through the same e-mail address and he got back to us with the same e-mail address and acknowledged he knew we had it. >> how widespread is this e-mail? this was sent out to mcqueary's friends or former folks he used to work with? or do you know? >> by my understanding, it was to a single friend of mcqueary. >> just to a single friend. >> the grand jury report says that it leaves out the fact that mcqueary says he went to police. this seems like a critically important distinction here, information for this case. because it would contradict the grand jury's report. mcqueary says he did go to police.
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>> that's a good question. essentially in an e-mail, mcqueary says i had discussions with police and spoke to person in charge of police, and that would be gary schultz. the way it reads, it looks like he had discussions with police we don't know about and weren't reflected in the grand jury report. >> it's a little confusing. he says he didn't physically stop this alleged assault but it was stopped that somehow he went to the authorities and this thing ended. do you understand that part of the e-mail actually how he explains that? >> well, what i think he's saying is that he saw what he saw. and while he didn't physically go and separate whatever supposedly was happening, he did make sure it'd stop before he left and contacted his father and coach paterno. the grand jury presentment isn't the full story. i'm expecting more details about that will come out soon. >> and this e-mail he sent to
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his friend, do you have a sense of what was behind this? is he trying to build a case in the court of public opinion? is he trying to little by little make his case? >> well, i can tell you that mike mcqueary did tell the friend it was okay to put that e-mail in touch with other people that could get it out. from what you heard from the footage from cbs, definitely in turmoil right now. >> do we have a sense that there are more e-mails to come? >> from my end, i couldn't tell you. i believe the e-mail that was reported by nbc was a different e-mail. there may be different ones we don't know about. >> keep digging for us, we really appreciate that. obviously, a lot of people want to hear mcqueary's side of the story. thanks again, andrew. we're hearing again from the mother of one of the eight boys sandusky is charged with molesting. now, she says that sandusky's denials on national television this week made her furious. she spoke to abc's "good morning
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america" with her identity hidden and her voice altered. >> makes me really mad that my son can't go out and have a normal life, he can't hang out at the mall because he might run into jerry. he gets to go to the mall, shop, do whatever he wants to do. that aggravates me. he should be in jail. >> the mother says that sandusky should not be out on bail, free to go and do as he pleases while she and her son must remain in seclusion to protect their anonymity. here's your chance talk back on one of the big stories of the day. everyone's talking about gabrielle giffords' incredible recovery. but some say it's not enough. our carol costello is joining us from new york with today's talk back question. carol? >> this is a tough one. but it's an issue that's been hanging in the air for months. is congresswoman giffords effectively serving her constituents? questions like that have popped up anew because of her
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appearance on "20/20" when asked about going to congress, this is what she said. >> she wants to get better. >> better. >> you want to get better. >> better. >> and so you think to yourself, i'll go back to congress if i get better. >> yes, yes, yes. >> and that's where you are right now. >> yes, yes, yes. >> the behavior research center, a nonpartisan polling company in phoenix says in the christian science monitor. voters are rooting for giffords, people have an interest in this very competitive and hostile congress that they have representation they can depend on. after giffords' "20/20" interview, the congresswoman wanted to reassure voters via facebook. >> i want to go back to work representing arizona is my honor. my staff is there to help you.
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they keep me informed on your behalf. i miss you. i miss home. >> perhaps the real problem lies in the constitution. there simply is no provision that allows lawmakers to step aside, recover, and then return to the job. it's either recover while on the job or resign. in may, giffords must decide whether she will run for another term. so should congresswoman giffords run again in 2012? facebook.com/carolcnn, i'll read your comments later this hour. >> it's great to see her progress when you think about all she's been through. it's quite miraculous that she's gotten so far. we wish her all the best. >> i know. it's also sadly obvious she has a long way to go. >> yeah. >> thank you, carol. here's some of the stories we're covering over the next hour. first, the quote about the fight in afghanistan. we are lions here, lions have
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the habit of not liking strangers. and the bloody crackdown against protesters in syria is now getting worse. but the activists are getting some help. then, what would happen if iran attacked us with a nuclear bomb. that was a question former secretary of defense william cohen answers in his new book. we're going to talk to him live. also, how a georgia teen ended up stuck in a chimney. and later, newt gingrich may have been down in the beginning, but now he's surging in the polls. we're going to take a look at the rise. [ female announcer ] the humana walmart-preferred rx plan gives you the lowest plan premium in the country... so you can focus on what really matters. call humana at 1-800-808-4003. but my nose is still runny. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil doesn't treat that. really? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms, plus it relieves your runny nose.
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may hand over two of the country's most violent regions to afghan security forces. nic payton walsh says that decision could come soon. >> reporter: slowly nato's transferring the security of afghanistan over to afghans. the next regions to be handed over will soon be announced by president hamid karzai. nato and afghan officials have told cnn two of what have been historically the most violent parts of the country's south. in helmand, there's a district where many british troops have died over the years, but also in kandahar, the valley, recently a hot bed of insurgent violence where many americans have also died. now, an afghan official tells us security is a lot better, but that's because the americans are there in force. if they leave, he tells us, things may get worse and fast. but the logic of this, some say, is to have afghans face their toughest work while nato still
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has enough troops to help. >> it is good while we have a significant nato presence in afghanistan to start with spots in afghanistan. and that will provide the perseverance for the security forces. have the support of nato. >> reporter: america's long-term roll in afghanistan, security are to be discussed here in kabul. a league of tribal elders called by president karzai. the security of the meeting itself is the real story. the taliban claiming on sunday they had a security planned for the event. -- that extra ring of security. only yesterday a suicide bomber was shot dead as he tried to get into the compound. the topics for debate, how long
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american troops stay if peace for the taliban is possible and whether night raids by usual special forces should continue. and karzai wants a meeting to legitimatize his long-term pact with the u.s., but it may instead give voice to opponents and critics of american policy that leaves him yet weaker. >> nic's joining us live from kabul. first of all, this comment from president karzai as he dresses the grand assembly in kabul today. he says america is powerful, has more money, but we are lions here and lions have a habit of not liking strangers getting into their house. so, nick, that sounds like typical karzai, right? a little bit of bluster there. what do we make of what he's trying to do? >> reporter: well, he's in a difficult spot with this particular tribal elder meeting where he does need to have some kind of consensus to build a pact with the united states so they can have a long-term military presence there. he said that, but at the same
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time, talking about lions in their own home not wanting foreigners around, he's trying to build up this sentiment, seeing the kind of nationalist leader himself and imposing conditions upon the americans for having a presence here, no power of arrest, no night raids, no searching of afghan homes, things the government's has complained about but now trying to formalize. suzanne? >> sure. and, nic, and actually following some of the training of the afghan troops in afghanistan in my trip months ago in september, big concern about whether or not they would really be able to take over their own security. now you've got these two regions very volatile regions. is nato worried they're not going to be able to do a good job? >> reporter: on the surface, nato always talk about how they're pleased that the military is doing better than they thought. they accept there's a difficult role they had to work with. but they think the army's doing
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very well. out there, really, though, in reality there's a huge amount of concern. and i think this plan if it happens to put some of the more volatile regions in afghan hands early on is simply because nato want to be sure that they have enough troops and assets left in the country to clean up any mess that may reoccur. that's the logic behind that, suzanne. >> all right. thanks, nic, appreciate it. newt gingrich is rising now in the presidential polls. it's surprising a lot of folks, including newt gingrich. he talks with cnn next. but first, it's that time of year when "time" magazine editors choose person of the year. they poll readers to see who they think should get the honor. coming in at number five, the late steve jobs. he got about 10,000 votes so far. number four, the arab spring youth protesters, number three the online hacking group
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before the break, we showed you who "time" magazine readers think who should be person of the year. everyone from the late steve jobs to the hacking group anonymous. who got the most votes? the so-called 99%. that's a term occupy wall street protesters have used to describe everyone besides the top 1% of earners in the country. "time" magazine's actual choice of person of the year will hit newsstands on december 16th.
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gop presidential candidates are all over the map today. and if you're a political junkie like i am, you want to know where everyone's campaigning. ron paul's in washington, herman cain campaigning in miami, then he heads to palm beach county for a rally there. rick perry looking for votes in new hampshire. rick santorum and michele bauchmann. they've got events lined up in iowa. newt gingrich is rising in the polls, a new confidence now, new polls this week showing gingrich running neck-and-neck with mitt romney. the former house speaker is at 22%. that's compared to 8% in october. jim acosta talked one on one with gingrich about the steady surge. >> reporter: meet the gop's latest fresh face. newt gingrich. >> yesterday afternoon in jefferson, iowa, someone introduced me as the front-runner. >> reporter: yes gingrich now
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has a shot at the gop nomination, drawing big crowds in iowa, he's candid about his near death political experience when his entire staff abandoned him at all once last summer. >> did you feel dead? >> no, desperate, but not dead. i've done this for 53 years. and the two hardest months of my career were june and july. >> i am the only candidate running who has actually led at a national level. >> reporter: but with gingrich, humility has its limits and assessing what initial lip went wrong with his campaign, he compared himself to two conservative giants. >> where did you go wrong? >> oh, i think that it was a big mistake on my part to try to bring in conventional consultants. because i am much like reagan and margaret thatcher, i'm an unconventional political figure that you need to design a very unique campaign that fits the way i operate and what i'm trying to do. >> reporter: gingrich has climbed in the polls by
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outshining many rivals in the gop debates and selling ideas that veer from traditional doctrine. for instance, he would spend billions to find cures for alzheimer's and parkinson's. >> the best way to control the cost of medicare is to defeat the diseases so people stay healthy. >> but in nearly the same breath, gingrich rails against the washington establishment. >> the washington establishment model is pain and austerity. >> reporter: despite being a creature of the capitol for nearly three decades. >> you're not a creature of washington? >> no. >> reporter: how long have you lived outside washington since you became the speaker? >> well, i haven't. i live in virginia for practical reasons. i did work at the central intelligence agency, i did work at the pentagon. >> reporter: but critics might say you are a creature of washington if you spent all of these -- >> you can call me anything you want to, all right. none of my policy proposals represent the washington establishment. >> ultimately gingrich wants
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voters to judge him not on his past such as his previous marital difficulties, but on what his campaign website calls the new newt. >> newt gingrich -- >> go back and get the "time" magazine cover in 1994 where they had me as scrooge holding tiny tim's broken crutch and the title was how mean will gingrich's america be to the poor. and it created a caricature of me so when people finally saw me in debates, they said that can't be newt gingrich. because, in fact, i'm very different from the media imagery. >> another telling sign of gingrich's sudden surge, he plans to open up his first campaign office in iowa next week and he has an infusion of campaign cash to work with after raising nearly $3 million in just the last month. jim acosta, cnn, chetfield, iowa.
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gingrich is coming under fire, bloomberg news is reporting that the former house speaker made between $1.6 million and $1.8 million in consulting fees from two contracts with freddie mac. gingrich says he was, indeed, paid as a consultant but did not lobby for the mortgage giant. our jim acosta did catch up with a candidate again in iowa to ask him about it. >> what i tried to do over and over again was offer strategic advice to what they were dealing with. and we did that very well. a lot of it was aimed at health care, how do you lower the cost of health care for your employees, et cetera. some of it was aimed at how do you explain what you're doing and how are you doing it? that's all i have to say about it. >> be sure to tune in to cnn tuesday night 8:00 eastern. cnn's wolf blitzer is set to host the candidates in washington for a fresh new debate. one of the topics, national security.
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the u.s. postal service is now in deep financial trouble and it is actually getting worse. the latest reports shows an annual loss now of more than $5 billion. alison kosik is with us from the new york stockexchange. what happened here? >> well, one of the big reasons, suzanne, why the postal service is losing money is we're sending less snail mail. also, the postal service, it has huge retiree health care costs weighing on it. and that is causing the postal service to go even deeper in debt. what the postal service has done, cut costs, laid people off, but clearly it's really not enough. what it really wants to do is close some locations and cut retiree health care benefits and lay off another 100,000 workers. but the thing is, the usps doesn't run itself. it's congress which calls the shots here and congress has to approve any structural changes at the postal service. but as you can imagine, suzanne, making any dramatic changes to
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benefits or to laying off workers is getting a lot of pushback. suzanne? >> what are we seeing on wall street with the markets today? >> we're still seeing red across the board, the dow down 74 points. the debt crisis in europe continue to drag down stocks, and we're seeing how it's bleeding over to other countries. bank of japan coming out and saying the situation in europe is affecting emerging countries like japan. the bank of england even announced that britain's economy may contract, but analysts say they don't think the crisis will end up hitting the u.s. as hard. but there's still that fear and you're seeing that what if really weigh on the markets today. suzanne? >> okay. thank you, alison. occupy wall street protesters can no longer camp out in a park in new york's financial district. how are they keeping their message alive? what's the next move? we'll hear what a supporter of the movement has to say. ♪
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we have some confirmed reports of damage out of montgomery, alabama, after that tornado struck. chad, what do we know? >> about 40 minutes ago we broke in and said there's a possible tornado on the ground headed to montgomery. now we know there is damage reported with the storm. and the storm is still rotating. it moved right over from the western sections over to cloverdale and to eastdale mall. and we can easily see it where you look at the red and green and how they are different. the red and the green, green, green, green, red, red, red. that means the storm has been rotating right over montgomery itself. and so don't know the extent of the damage, but i do know there's quite a bit of it here in montgomery. and the storm continues to reat a time right along the interstate. that's i-65 right up toward the
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north and northwest. and then as we take you back to the maps here, the storm warnings are still going on that big pink box right there means that the tornado warning continues here. and that would be auburn, alabama, right there, where the university is. it appears at this point, unless the storm turns to the right, auburn would be missed. but there are more storms down to the south. this is going to be a significant day for tornadoes across parts of alabama, possibly parts of southern mississippi, even into georgia in the next few hours. obviously now we have some damage. keep alert if you're in the southeast. >> thank you, chad. here's a rundown of some of the stories we're working on first. former white house adviser tells me why he's sticking up for the occupy movement. next, more bloodshed as the arab league suspends syria. then a u.s. city -- we're going to talk to former defense secretary william cohen about his new fictitious book. protesters are now back at
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the park, but they can't stay in tents or bring sleeping bags, police cleared the park yesterday. more than 100 demonstrators were arrested in that raid. we have president and co-founder of rebuild the dream, it's a group working to restore good jobs, economic opportunities across the country. he endorses the occupy wall street movement. he worked at the obama white house two years ago as a green jobs adviser and "time" magazine named him one of 100 most influential people that year. it goes on and on, the list here. thank you for being with us. the mayor, michael bloomberg yesterday said this when he evicted the occupy demonstrators. he said protesters have had two months to occupy the park with tents and sleeping bags. now they will have to occupy the space with the power of their arguments. so what do they do now to keep the message alive? >> well, first of all, you can't
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put toothpaste in the tube and you can't evict an idea. this movement is about much more than just a park or one tactic and one city. it has become a massive expression of real concern that the economy is just not working for the majority of people. tomorrow, people think, oh, well, they can't sleep there, the movement's over. tomorrow's the second month anniversary. you're going to have 200 cities with major protests, non-violent major demonstrations. november 17th.org shows you this big map. we are in a situation now where this movement is growing. it's not getting smaller. and just having one tactic off the table doesn't mean the concerns have gone away. in fact, the concerns are getting bigger. >> how do you focus the group here? you talk about it's big, it's expansive, how do you bring focus to this so that there is some sort of movement and people know how to react to this? i mean, what do people need to do to actually address this
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occupy movement concern? >> well, we're now entering, i think, phase two. phase two you move from anger to answers. you move from pointing out the problem to pointing out the solutions, and just like with the tea party movement when they first came out, you know, people were concerned, they didn't know what it was about. they pivoted over to politics, which you have the occupy movement at the center, that's the beating heart. there's a broader phenomenon around it that is the 99% movement. you heard the sciu come out today talk about the 99%. we are going to be recruiting 2,000 candidates to run for office now under this 99% banner. you're going to see an evolution now as you go from protests, keep the protests but now expand into politics. if you thought there was an earthquake in 2002 when the tea party moved into politics, wait until this 99% movement moves over into politics, you ain't seen nothing yet. >> i know you're working to bring liberal aggressives to the table to support the movement and they've been quite slow,
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actually, at really supporting this movement. when you see these pictures and when you look at the violence that's happening, whether or not you believe it's the police fault or the protesters' fault. how do you make sure this kind of activity isn't -- doesn't take over your movement? >> well, first of all, the movement belongs to the people that are in it -- >> the occupy movement. >> let me say a couple of things. first of all, any kind of violence when it's street violence or police violence needs to be called out and denounced. there's nobody more concerned about that than those people supporting the occupations. i've talked to them, they're very concerned. i also want to give them a little bit of credit. we're talking about urban america. there's much more violence outside those occupations than inside. they have been working hard to keep them peaceful. and you're seeing groups step up, the society, the selc, and
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to bolster that nonviolent spirit, bringing in trainings, bolstering the trainings that exist there. this movement has been committed to peace. there's a lot more violence outside than inside, i think we should give them some credit for having been overwhelmingly peaceful. and most of the people who have been hurt, unfortunately, whether you're talking about the veteran put in a coma or the reporters hurt yesterday were hurt by our law enforcement. so we've all got to take a bigger stand for a nonviolent resolution to these problems. >> van jones, a lot of people think they need a leader. do you think you might be that guy? >> hey, listen, we've learned that leader-centered movements don't work. this is about a leaderful movement. you're seeing so many now new voices, young people, veterans, clergy coming out and speaking from their heart about saying we don't want the american dream of economic opportunity to be thrown in the garbage can just so the richest people in the world don't have to pay their taxes, we want to have an economy that works. >> all right. okay.
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>> for everybody. >> van jones, you might at least be a spokesperson, certainly a good spokesperson. >> there are a lot of us. >> thanks again. appreciate it. frustrated arab league suspends syria's membership with reports that army reserves are turning their wes baweapons bac on the syrian government. that's next. plugged in snapshot, and 30 days later, i was saving big on car insurance. i was worried it would be hard to install. but it's really easy. the better i drive, the more i save. i wish our company had something this cool. yeah. you're not... filming this, are you? aw! camera shy. snapshot from progressive. plug into the savings you deserve with snapshot from progressive. we asked total strangers to watch it for us. thank you so much, i appreciate it, i'll be right back.
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some of the worst bloodshed yet in syria. activists there say almost 100 people have been killed by security forces since monday. the arab league is suspended syria's membership over the violence. the syrian government is restricting access. a foreign journalist, our ben wedeman is in cairo. ben, first of all, what does this new move mean of arab
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league for the president of syria? >> reporter: it certainly means in a sense he's been thrown under the bus by the arab league. they're ejecting syria, at least temporarily from the arab league unless it implements this action plan. the arab league came up with on the 2nd of november, which involves releasing prisoners, getting syrian troops off the streets of towns and cities and opening up a dialogue with the opposition. the syrian tv last night did say they released 1,180 prisoners. the opposition says it's a drop in the bucket. and the arab league is indicating it's simply not enough. the level of bloodshed has reached a level they must act and they must act now. of course, it's somewhat ironic given that in february of 1982, the father of assad, his troops killed well over 1,000 people in an uprising.
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but back then the arab league didn't say anything. so this shows you how much the arab spring, so to speak, has shaken all of these regimes finally into action. >> ben, why are we seeing so much violence now over the last couple of days? >> reporter: well, on the one hand it's widely believed this is the arab -- it is rather the syrian response to the arab league initiative that they really don't want to carry out all those conditions that were put in this action plan, and this may be an indication of the gap that exists between the political leadership of assad and his diplomats, and the soldiers and the security heads who are actually carrying out this crackdown. >> ben wedeman out of cairo, thank you, ben. former defense secretary spells out nuclear armageddon. the premise all too real. we'll be talking with william cohen. by skimping on santa's snacks? [ buzzer sounds ]
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us from new york. in this fictitious scenario, you squarely pin this on iran. and it seems frighteningly realistic this scenario today after you consider the international atomic energy agency determining that iran is much closer to developing a nuclear we than anyone imagined. where do you think we stand now in terms of a nuclearized iran? >> well, i think we're many steps closer to where we ought to be with nuclear iran. the iranians for years have claimed they only want nuclear power for civilian purposes. electricity, pharmaceutical manufacturing, et cetera, if that were the case, they would have adopted the russian proposal of letting the russians enrich the uranium and transfer it to iran for civilian purposes and they rejected that out of hand. i want to come back to the book because the fingers point to iran. some in our country want to make iran the originator of this particular catastrophic result. but it may not be that
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situation. and what i tried to capture is the sense that it's everyone's worst nightmare, and if a bomb were to ever go off, the question becomes for a president, what does he do or she do? how do we provide relief? who did it? why did they do it? how did they do it? and what do we do in return? that's contained in a four-day period in which the president is under pressure to react and to retaliate. >> it's really a fascinating read. what do you suppose president obama is doing today that he's doing right or perhaps doing wrong in looking at iran as a possible nuclear power? >> well, i think he's trying to pursue the right policy, and that is to intensify the economic sanctions against iran. unfortunately, the russians and the chinese are not joining in with the kind of severity that's going to be necessary. i think the message has to go to iran, change the policy or there should be a change of regime. and the only way to bring about a change of regime peacefully would be if china and russia join in with a security council
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and say this is unacceptable, we don't want another country to have nuclear weapons. there goes the proliferation containment regime we fought so hard to preserve. and more people will have their hands on nuclear material. that means a greater chance of this type of event i described could happen in either our country or an allied country or any country. >> you talk about the role of china here. president obama is in australia. he announced they're adding 2,500 u.s. troops there over the next couple of years. american officials publicly saying it's, you know, responding to natural disasters, but privately, they're saying that this is in response to china's military expansion. how serious a threat is china? >> well, china's going to grow militarily. they're an economic power already. they're going to become a military power, as well. those in the region of -- the asia/pacific region want to have some security that china will not dominate them just by being
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economic powers. they want to make sure china uses the power for peaceful purposes. and one way to hedge against that is to make sure each country has a strong security program of its own linked to the united states. so us strengthening our relationship with australia, with india, with japan, with south korea, with others, and hopefully with china that we want to make sure that china doesn't see this as an attempt to encircle them or contain them, but rather as a hedge against anybody in the region using military power for war-like purposes or aggressive purposes. >> all right. secretary cohen, blink of an eye, recommended read, good read, thank you so much for joining us. appreciate it. >> thank you, suzanne. her recovery has been nothing short of a miracle. people are asking, should congresswoman giffords run again in 2012? we're going to have responses to that sensitive talkback question next. i habe a cohd. and i toog nyguil bud i'm stild stubbed up. [ male announcer ] sorry, buddy. truth is, nyquil doesn't un-stuff your nose.
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you've been sounding off on our talkback question. carol costello is live with some of your responses. hi, carol. >> the talkback question today. should congresswoman giffords run again in 2012? this from judith. while people empathize with gaby giffords, she would better serve by stepping aside, recuperating, and concentrating on getting well. working in congress is too stressful and would be unlikely be able to fulfill her obligations for the people. this from gloria, considering how many senile and do-nothing people are there, what's to mind about giffords' possible limitations? she understands a great more than she can speak, but she can still vote. this from david, obviously she's made a remarkable recovery although i do question her
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mental health and decision making. just look at the mental health and decision making of the other political leaders we have. and this from movrgan, it's obvious she has command and understanding of what's being said to her. the difficulty comes in trying to communicate back what she intends to. her intent to represent her constituents far overcomes any difficulties she has encountered. keep the conversation going, facebook.com/carolcnn, and thanks as always for your comments. >> all right. thank you, carol. a georgia teen pulls a santa claus move. how he got stuck in the chimney next. next, wondering if the car, suv is going to hold its value. here's a list of the best resale value. fourth is the hyundai tucson. and atop the list, that answer in a minute.
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what's that? big piece of potato. what are these guys doing? [ horn honks ] could you please not honk while this guy's telling me about his chevy volt? is that that new... is that the electric car? yeah. but it takes gas too. ask him how much he spends on gas. how much does he spend on gas? how much do you spend on gas? how much do i spend on gas? if i charge regularly, i fill up like once a month. he only has to fill up about once a month. [ woman ] wow. that's amazing. before the break, we showed you the top four cars with the best resale value. did you guess what vehicle best at holding its value? jeep wrangler. blue book says even after owning it for five years, it's still worth more than half of its original value. now, some of the stories our
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affiliates are covering across the country, a teenager in norcross, georgia, got stuck in a chimney for four hours before he was rescued. how did he get stuck? police say he was trying to break into this house santa claus style. some happy reunions in norfolk, virginia, the navy's uss car returned to port after five months at sea. they went on a mission to intercept drug deals. and in alexandria, minnesota, this woman is lucky to be alive after having a seizure while driving. lost control of her car, plunged into a freezing lake, a police sergeant in the right place at the right time dove into the water. another trooper broke the window, pulled her out just seconds before the car sank to the bottom. >> it's got a severe drop, you can see another 15 feet down

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